CA Voters Solidly Back Newsom; Recall Fizzles; Newsom Retains Power

California Governor Gavin Newsom is still in office, with plenty of time to focus on re-election in 2022 and a run for President in 2024, if he wants.


Statewide 64% of voters voted NO on the recall, to 36% who voted YES.


Top-vote getters among the challengers were Larry Elder with 49%, and moderate Democrat Kevin Paffrath with almost 10%.


Among the 8 female candidates, the best finisher was Jacqueline McGowan, a Democrat who calls herself a cannabis consultant. She had about 3% of the vote.

In Riverside County, voters said NO to recalling Governor Gavin Newsom.


262-thousand voted against the recall.

238-thousand voted in favor of the recall.


County turnout so far is under 39%.


However, as is customary in Riverside County, there are plenty of ballots uncounted.


200-thousand vote-by-mail ballots, and another 5-thousand provisional ballots.


Of course if you mailed your ballot on Election Day, if it arrives at the Registrar’s Office by September 21st 2021, it will be counted.



Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to volunteers in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. The recall election that could remove California Democratic Gov. Newsom is coming to an end. Voting concludes Tuesday in the rare, late-summer election that has emerged as a national battlefront on issues from COVID-19 restrictions to climate change. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Sept 15th 2021